So you’ve decided you’d rather survive this whole zombie apocalypse thing, huh? Good for you! I daresay I wholeheartedly agree with your notion. One of the most critical mistakes anyone who is planning any sort of survival scenario can make is to neglect to evaluate their cook set. “But Bast,” I hear you say “I’ve had the same cook set for 10 years and it’s perfectly fine”. I too once thought as you do. Allow me to set a scene for you, dear reader:
It was March of 2004 and I was on the first night of what would be a 5 month hike of the Appalachian Trail. I’d recently upgraded all of my gear: water filter, pack, sleeping bag, literally everything except my cook set. On that first night in the North Georgia mountains, the wind was a sustained 30mph and the thermometer was hovering around 10 degrees Fahrenheit. It was only when I started to prepare my meal and added water (I’d had to break through ice to obtain) to my “good old” cook set that I realized my only pot and the source of my hot meals for the next 3 days and nights had sprung a leak and was utterly useless. Almost as if to add insult to injury, the leaking pot ended up dribbling water all over me as I tried desperately to save any of the precious water that I could from leaking onto the ground and my stove. I was wet, cold and hungry without a pot to cook in as the sun set.
The lesson here is 2 fold:
1. Do not unduly trust your equipment. Check it all and if something is suspect replace it.
2. Shit happens, but you will have to keep going.
So with that all in mind, let’s look at a really great cook set that is conveniently impervious to rusting.
This amazing feat of modern technology packs all of the necessary cookware into an astounding 5oz package. Included in the cook set are a 10oz cup and a 28oz pot (that’s how much they’ll hold, not how much they weigh) and a lid that fits either which you can turn upside down and use as a plate. They all nest together and stow in a nest lightweight mesh bag. You can even fit a Snow Peak GigaPower stove inside of this whole thing making for a self-contained cooking setup.
Take a lesson from me and don’t end up wet and hungry. Get yourself a durable and light cook set so that you can have a hot meal whenever you’d like.